Friday, May 9, 2014
It has been a good week of planting. The only corn that remains to be planted is at the Lett and Watjen farm locations, where we are waiting on Shepard Construction to finish some conservation work. They should be able to complete the tile installations and the construction of some WASCoBs in a couple days. Hope so, at least!
Also, there are only three soybean planting locations left to do, and after this rainy spell, we can tick those off the list. Two days’ work could get that in the “finished” column.
One problem. The soybeans planted in April had a big 2.8″ rain on them, and the soil is crusted pretty hard. Those may need to be re-planted… unless this rain event softens the crust to allow them to emerge. We were very confident the days those were planted, but the big rain brought this challenge. We will know in a few days if some replanting will be necessary.
The Greenstar GPS system has been working very well again this spring. It provides the automatic guidance for the JD 9330 that we use on the soybean no-till air drill. It also controls the population of the planted soybeans by virtue of the prescription maps. And then it records all this information as you plant, creating a map that will be transferred to the combine in the fall. That way, the combine will “know” what soybean varieties are planted in each field, and recognize and record the harvest information specific to each variety. VII (Very Important Information!)
Here is what I see as I am planting soybeans. I monitor 3 pages of information… page one 95% of the time, and page two and three as needed. When I enter a field to plant it, the set-up information is entered into the GS2630 screen, with farm and field name, the variety of the seed, the planting prescription, and the guidance set-up. All these items are merely selected from a menu of choices, which have been previously set up in the office computer and transferred to the GS2630.
These pages are set up by the operator, and each farmer may choose from many different formats to view the information they deem important.
I’ll include some soybean planting pictures from this good week.
All in all, it was a great week. The soybeans went in very nicely, in good soil conditions. Now, for a happy 0.5 to 1.0 inch of rain! We will see what this weekend brings. It has rained a little already, and looks like more on the way. We will see what comes…
I’m preparing the Friday paychecks, getting the property tax spring installment ready, and reconciling the books with the bank statement. There’s always something that needs attention…
Have a great weekend.